Hey, it’s Home Exercise of the Week time again and this week I have a cardiovascular and core exercise for you to try that I call the Triangle Jump.
The Triangle Jump is primarily a core exercise but you will also be working many other muscle groups including your shoulders, triceps, and legs. This move is also kind of like a burpee which makes it a fairly intense cardiovascular exercise. Your heart will be pumping and you will be sweating!
Let’s take a look at the key performance points of the Triangle Jump.
start in a full plank pushup position with your hands directly under your shoulders
engage your abs and glutes and keep your back straight
jump your feet forward so that they are tucked in underneath you
from this tucked position jump both feet back and out to the left at about a 45 degree angle
jump both feet back up to the middle and tucked in underneath you
now jump both feet back and out to the right at the same 45 degree angle
return to the middle and keep jumping side to side for your desired amount of reps or time
keep your abs and glutes flexed throughout the movement
So there you have the Triangle Jump. It’s intense. It will make you sweat. Your muscles will be burning. It will be worth it.
Let me know how you do with this one in the comments below or if you have any questions.
Hello, it’s Home Exercise of the Week time again and this week I have a full body exercise for you to try called the Lateral Lunge Medicine Ball Extension.
The Lateral Lunge Medicine Ball Extension works your gluteus medius (the sides of the glutes), quadriceps, hamstrings, and your adductor muscles which are the muscles of the inner thigh. The medicine ball extension works your shoulders and to a lesser degree your biceps and triceps. So as you can see you are working a lot of muscles here which means you’ll be burning more calories and making your heart work more creating a cardiovascular component to the exercise.
If you don’t have a medicine ball that’s ok. You can use any heavy object you have around the house. You can even hold your baby or pet for this one!
Let’s take a look at the key performance points of the Lateral Lunge Medicine Ball Extension.
stand tall with your feet together and holding the medicine ball close to your chest
take a big step to the right while keeping your toes pointed forward
bend your right leg so you are descending in to a lunge
keep your weight on your right heel and drive your hips back as you lunge
keep your back straight as well as your left leg
make sure your right knee stays in line with your right toes (you don’t want your knee going forward past the toes)
hold this lunge position and push the medicine ball forward away from your chest
pull the ball back to your chest and push up through your right heel to the starting position
repeat the movement for your left leg
lunge side to side for your desired amount of reps or time
So there you have the Lateral Lunge Medicine Ball Extension! Add this in to your full body routine to spice things up and hit your legs in a different way.
Let me know how you do with this exercise in the comments below or if you have any questions.
Hey there, it’s time for a new Home Exercise of the Week! This week I have an advanced exercise that is quite challenging called the Equalizer Bar Bulgarian Split Squat Jump.
The Equalizer Bar Bulgarian Split Squat Jump is an awesome lower body exercise that will tone and build muscle in your quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings. It will build significant single leg strength and stability and offers a variety of coordination, mobility, and flexibility benefits. You will also be working your fast-twitch muscle fibres in the jumping portion of this exercise which will build power and strength as well adding a cardiovascular component to the movement.
If you don’t have an equalizer bar then you can use a bench if you have one or a sturdy chair.
Let’s take a look at the key performance points of the exercise.
get in to a lunge position with the top of your back foot elevated and resting on top of the bar, bench, or chair
make sure your lunge isn’t too wide so you aren’t arching your back or leaning forward too much
lower your body straight down until your front leg is at a 90 degree angle while keeping your upper body as upright as possible
keep your weight on your front heel as you lower your body
make sure your front knee is in line with your front foot and don’t let it shoot forward past your toes
from this bottom position of the lunge, push up through your front heel and jump up in the air as high as you can while maintaining your balance with your other foot on the bar (it is very hard to maintain your balance so as a beginner modification you can do this exercise close to a wall or counter at home…this will give you something to grab a hold of to steady yourself)
try to land back down from the jump in to the same foot position to maintain proper form (you may need to adjust your foot position before jumping again)
repeat the movement for your desired amount of reps or time and then switch legs and repeat
So there you have the Equalizer Bar Bulgarian Split Squat Jump. You’re going to feel your legs burning, your heart will be pumping, and the sweat will be pouring! Start slowly with this one and with something to hold on to if needed. You can also regress this exercise by taking the jump out of it and just doing a lunge. As you get used to the exercise and more comfortable with it then you can add the jump to get a more intense cardiovascular component and to work those fast-twitch muscle fibres.
Let me know how you do with this one or if you have any questions. Or if you just want to curse me for giving you another crazy exercise to do, that’s ok too! 😉
Have fun and I’ll see you next week with another new exercise!
Hey everyone! It’s Home Workout of the Week time and this week I have a Quick Core Workout for you to try.
Your core is very important to increase balance, posture, and back health especially if you have a job that involves a lot of sitting. On top of the added health benefits, if you reduce your body fat enough you can get that sexy 6 pack look that a focused core workout routine can develop!
This Quick Core Workout is great if you don’t have a lot of time as there are only 10 exercise with 1 set of each so with little to no rest in between you should be able to finish this up in about 10 to 15 minutes.
Some of the exercises involve raising your legs up and down off the floor so if you feel any back pain at all please refrain from lowering your legs too close to the floor or discontinue and move on to the next exercise.
Give it a shot and feel the abs burn!
Quick Core Workout
1 set of each exercise with little to no rest between
Hello and Happy New Year everyone! It’s 2014 and this year has been off to a very cold start. We are in a deep freeze and I’m sure many of you would rather stay in your warm home than go out in the freezing cold. To help you stay warm at home and kick off 2014 on the right foot, here is a Full Body Tabata Workout for you to try for this weeks Home Workout of the Week!
It’s an intense workout packed with plenty of plyometric and core exercises that will get you sweating in no time!
Leave a comment and let me know how you do!
Full Body Tabata Workout 3
Tabata Protocol – 20 seconds of as many reps as you can do followed by 10 seconds of rest; 4 rounds of each pair of exercises followed by a 1 minute rest before moving on to the next pair of exercises